The Afternoon Wrap: Monday

It seems “small leases are driving the tight market for midtown offices these days,” where half a dozen businesses have scooped up almost 30,000 square feet at 150 East 52nd Street. Reportedly, PBS Real Estate ‘“opted not to charge $100 rents because we want to be user-friendly and attract the best possible tenants.”’ These apparently include producers of heavy machinery, which leased the entire 28th floor. Ear plugs for everyone! [Crain’s]

Reading articles that “earnestly attempt to enlighten you about Williamsburg’s blue-collar underbelly” causes some people a little unwanted anxiety. Apparently, learning more about the history of Brooklyn’s hippest hood is only for those who are “contemplating a move to NYC from afar” or who “have the memory span of a goldfish.” Glub, glub! [NY Mag]

After Kate Moss and Topshop turned Barneys into a veritable theme park last week, it’s little surprise that the British “retailer is currently looking at six potential spaces in three Manhattan neighborhoods.” Now the down-and-out residents of neighborhoods like Soho and the meatpacking district will no longer have to busk their way uptown. [Real Deal]

Before the New York Times “bids a sad farewell” to the historic nooks and crannies of 229 West 43rd Street for the streamlined shininess of its new Eight Avenue digs, it’s worth taking a peek at this clip, which offers “a fun and educational look back at the origins of the building.” [Gawker]